Archives Digitization Technician (Summer Temp)

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Work type: Temporary Full Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: Staff

This is a temporary summer position scheduled to end in August. Hours are Monday through Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.

The Friends Historical Library, a Quaker special collections library and archives (located in McCabe) seeks detail-oriented workers who enjoy working with historical documents. Digitization Techs scan, catalog, and/or transcribe manuscripts, notebooks, pamphlets, photographs, and other materials from Friends Historical Library. The collections to be digitized in Summer 2018 relate to women activists from 1820 to 1920, and will be included in a collaborative digital history project, “In Her Own Right,” celebrating the centennial of the passage of women’s suffrage (http://inherownright.org/).

Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods. 



  • Must be detail-oriented, good writer, and have the ability to operate computer and software
  • Interest in working with historical documents
  • Works well with a team


  • Experience working in an archives/library setting, experience operating scanners
  • Photoshop skills
  • Ability to read 19th and 20th century handwriting
  • Knowledge of women’s history and 19th/20th century American history

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 


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